I never felt the need to take pictures growing up because it was not exactly a time of my life I wanted to capture.
I’m glad I didn’t because it makes me more ‘in the moment’ now. I hate it when people around me freeze moments so they can capture it on film. And the multi click button is a monster! How many minutes of our precious present have we spent deleting repetitions of shots that could have been captured through care in the first place?
Living in LA I am practically surrounded by what I call ‘camera friends’. People who are much cooler, prettier and funnier on camera than in life. I admit I had a brief period when I caught that LA bug but I think my last bout of strep throat coughed it out of me (thank the guiding forces of the universe!). ;P
I love the camera, when used strategically. It’s powerful tool and can change your life. As long as you don’t compromise the quality of your present to achieve the perfect click. And as long as you’re not playing the memory game where things are captured in hyperbole.
After all, when something seems more fun on celluloid than in reality, that’s an opportunity lost, don’t you think?